Updated Post – Nov. 18, 10:20 AM
Jeff Passan of ESPN was on a Blue Jays-centric Podcast to speak about what the offseason appears like for Toronto and heart fielder Brandon Nimmo was a sizzling subject on the present.
Here’s what Passan needed to see about the kind of contract Nimmo might count on to see as transcribed by Andrew Stoeten:
“I went into it considering, OK, he’ll get, like, $80 million. And then I used to be advised, ‘No, no, no, no, it will be 9 figures.’ And I used to be like, $100 million? And he was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no. Keep going.” $125 million? ‘Nope.’ You know? The Shin-Soo Choo deal, which was six years and $130 or so million, is the place the place I’ve landed after speaking to individuals, but it surely would not shock me if it goes increased than that.”
Choo signed the seven-year, $130 million deal (Passan wrongly stated six years) again in 2013 with the Rangers on the age of 31.
Nimmo, nonetheless solely 29, is coming off posting a 5.4 fWAR for the Mets within the 2022 season. That WAR worth by FanGraphs ranked him behind solely Aaron Judge and Mike Trout for outfielders that performed a majority of their time in heart subject this 12 months.
Original Post – Nov. 16, 12:13 PM
Free agent outfielder Brandon Nimmo is drawing curiosity from the Toronto Blue Jays, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Nimmo rejected his qualifying supply from the New York Mets final week with a view to hit the open market, and he has loads of suitors as top-of-the-line outfielders obtainable this offseason. According to Morosi, the Seattle Mariners have already made contact with Nimmo’s representatives.
Toronto traded outfielder Teoscar Hernandez to the Seattle Mariners for right-handed reliever Eric Swanson and pitching prospect Adam Macko earlier at the moment. As a outcome, the Blue Jays have now freed up house within the outfield and Nimmo would give them the left-handed bat they badly want.
In complete, Toronto hit .255/.326/.426/.753 with 42 residence runs and 153 RBI towards lefties in 2022, whereas Nimmo slashed .264/.358/.428/.786 towards lefties final season with 12 doubles, three triples, 5 homers, 24 walks and 26 RBI. The lefty additionally excelled as a leadoff hitter for the Mets in 2022, hitting .274/.367/.433 with a .800 OPS in 673 plate appearances, to go together with 30 doubles, seven triples, 16 homers, 64 RBI and 71 walks.
Nimmo’s on-base share of .367 underlines his skill to place the ball in play and make issues occur, and he enters free company as top-of-the-line outfielders obtainable after Aaron Judge. The 29-year-old additionally displayed a capability to play above-average protection in heart subject, which solely provides to his worth. He could be an ideal match for a group like Toronto who’s on the rise however wants battle-hardened and confirmed veterans to assist their younger, proficient core.
Nimmo compiled a 5.0 WAR in 2022 and, on condition that no free agent outfielder outdoors of Nimmo or Judge has collected a 2.0 fWAR over the past two seasons, it’s comprehensible that the longtime Met would entice lots of curiosity from groups needing so as to add each a high quality bat and glove to the outfield. Nimmo proved his credentials as an elite leadoff hitter in 2022, whereas he boasts high-end intangibles on and off the sphere which might be exhausting to duplicate.
He is a natural-born chief and is beginning to play among the greatest baseball of his life, which is why the Mets made Nimmo one in all their greatest priorities to attempt to re-sign this offseason. However, with the Mariners and the Blue Jays named as two of the groups with curiosity within the outfielder, proprietor Steve Cohen might need to dig additional deep into his unending funds with a view to maintain a significant piece of this roster in Queens for the 2023 season and past.